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Below is a family biography included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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SIMPSON ALBRIGHT, retired farmer; P. O. Arcanum. Another of the old settlers of Darke Co. He was born in Anderson Co. East Tenn., in 1804, and is a son of Philip and Christena Albright, natives of North Carolina. He removed with his parents to Preble Co., Ohio, in the year 1814. In 1820, he returned to Tennessee, and remained till 1826, when he came back and permanently located in Darke Co., in Twin Township, in 1834. He was united in marriage with Miss. Mary, daughter of Henry and Mary Snoderly, natives of North Carolina, Nov. 9, 1828. Twelve children have been given to this union, viz., Johnson K., Henry M., Henderson L., Daniel S., Philip S., William K., Adam C., Catherine S., Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary and Martha M., the latter dying in infancy. Henry departed this life in August, 1878, aged 48 years, leaving a wife and five children to mourn his loss. He was a member of the United Brethren Church in Christ, and died as he had lived, relying absolutely on the promises of his Savior. Mr. and Mrs. Albright had seven sons in the army at one time, and he informs us he offered his services to his country if they would supply him with teeth with which to bite the cartridge; they all returned to their homes uninjured except Philip, who received two flesh-wounds; while these patriotic boys were in the front, suffering the dangers and privations of cruel and devastating war, their heroic and patriotic mother took the implements of labor in her own hands, and, with a determination and resolution that is the offspring of patriotism, entered the field, and, with her own hands, cultivated 16 acres of corn, and doing other labor of great fatigue. Mr. and Mrs. Albright have been members of the church for fifty years, and are greatly interested in religion, and in their declining years it affords them great satisfaction that they have not labored in vain, their children being co-workers with them in achieving righteousness. His son William has been a minister of the Gospel for eight years.

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This family biography is one of 659 biographies included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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